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WTCR @ Ningbo
MRacing-YMR takes all in China

The MRacing-YMR team made a clean sweep in the WTCR event at Ningbo International Speedpark, claiming two pole positions and three race victories over the two days.
With these results, the team’s drivers, reinforced their positions amidst the title contenders, although fellow Hyundai colleague Gabriele Tarquini of BRC Racing has retained the leadership in the standings.
Double pole sitter Thed Björk won races 1 and 3, moving up to second, eight points behind Tarquini, while Yvan Muller was victorious in Race 2 and stands third, one further point adrift.
Björk emerged as the fastest of the pack throughout the weekend and took two lights-to-flag victories. In Race 1 he was followed by Esteban Guerrieri in the Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic who muscled his way past Frédéric Vervisch’s Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS that completed the podium.
In Race 3, Tarquini was classified second ahead of Denis Dupont who claimed his first podium result in another Comtoyou Racing Audi. The Belgian team had a fantastic weekend with all its four drivers and clinched two podiums and a number of placings in the points.
Muller won Race 2 in a similar fashion as Björk, sprinting ahead of Mehdi Bennani who sat on pole of the reverse grid. The Moroccan drove his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI to the second place ahead of Guerrieri.
Some of the title contenders endured a difficult weekend. Norbert Michelisz scored just 17 points, but is still fourth in the standings, 46 points behind; Yann Ehrlacher’s tally amounted to 6 points only, but the most disappointed was Jean-Karl Vernay who remained scoreless.
Action resumes this weekend at Wuhan International Street Circuit for rounds 22, 23 and 24.

Track time at Wuhan

Friday, 5 October - 13:00 (07:00 CET), Free Practice 1 (30 min.)
Friday, 5 October - 15.30 (09:30 CET), Free Practice 2 (30 min.)
Saturday, 6 October - 10:30 (04:30 CET), Qualifying 1 (40 min.)
Saturday, 6 October - 16:00 (10:00 CET), Race 1 (18 laps)
Sunday, 7 October - 09:00 (03:00 CET), Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3)
Sunday, 7 October - 15:45 (09:45 CET), Race 2 (18 laps)
Sunday, 7 October - 17:05 (11:05 CET), Race 3 (21 laps)

Local time GMT +8

Photos: DPPI



‘Inside the World of TCR’ episode #5

The fifth episode of the video magazine ‘Inside the World of TCR’ has been produced and can bee seen HERE.
Every month this 30-minute magazine reports on the races for TCR cars all around the world; the magazine is produced by Alessandro Dragosei and edited by Francesco Toso, with an English-language voice over by Mark James.

This issue features:
    - WTCR: Ningbo
    - TCR Europe and TCR Benelux: Monza
    - Interview: Josh Files
    - TCR Germany: Sachsenring and Hockenheim
    - TCR Russia: Sochi
    - TCR UK: Croft
    - Pirelli World Challenge: Watkins Glen


TCR China @ Ningbo
MacPro and TeamWork share honours

The MacPro Racing Honda Civic #88 and the TeamWork Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI #11 equally share honours in TCR China’s second season.
In the three events held so far the Honda – driven twice by the pair Henry Ho-Eurico De Jesus and once by André Couto – has won all the six sprint races, while the Golf shared by Sunny Wong and Alex Hui responded with three victories out of three 60-minute races.
The third event of the season, held at Ningbo International Speedpark like the previous one, confirmed this trend.
The first sprint race saw Henry Ho taking the lead from pole sitter Hui on lap 4 and pulling away after a brief fight. Hui made a mistake and dropped to fifth, but recovered to finish third behind the CUS Racing Golf GTI of Zhu Zhen Yu.
De Jesus imitated his co-driver Ho and took a lights-to-flag victory in Race 2; at the start he squeezed between the two cars on the front row and never looked back. Behind him, Li Lin successfully defended the second place from Filipe de Souza in the T.A. Motorsport Audi.
In Race 3, Hui and Wong took command after the pit stop window and controlled the second part of the race, while both the MacPro Honda cars had troubles with flat tyres: Ho pitted and rejoined, Kevin Tse went off and retired. The podium was completed by De Souza and Zhou Bi Huang.
In the standings, the MacPro Racing Honda #88 has a 9-point lead over the TeamWork Golf #11.
TCR China will resume next week, on Thursday and Friday at Shanghai International Circuit, together with TCR Asia.

Photos: TCR China


TCR Korea @ Inje
Kang and Jung win one apiece

Only five cars took part in TCR Korea's second event at Inje Speedium, where Kang Byung Hui in the Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N and Jung Nam Su in the Brand New Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI won one race apiece.
Andrew Kim overtook pole sitter Noh Dong Gi on the outside of T1 to take the lead in the first race. During the opening lap the five drivers delivered some close fights, clashing and pushing each other. Kang emerged in second position behind Kim with Jung in third, followed by Noh and Cho Hoon Hyun.
Kim built a comfortable lead, but was given a drive through for jump-start that he served on the penultimate lap. He rejoined third, overtook Jung, but couldn’t catch Kang who won the race.
In the second round, Kim stalled the engine at the start and dropped six seconds behind the field; Cho was leading from Jung, Kang and Noh. On lap 6 Jung attacked Cho, they made contact and Cho spun. Kim overtook Noh for fourth on lap 7, then passed Kang for third on lap 8 and Cho for second on lap 15. He then tried to get closer to Jung but eventually had to settle for second, nine tenths behind, while Cho handed third to his teammate Kang who leads the standings, two points over Kim.
TCR Korea’s inaugural season will come to an end at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit on November 3 and 4.

Photos: TCR Korea


TCR Asia preview
A family fight at Team Engstler

The Liqui Moly Team Engstler prepares to claim a third consecutive TCR Asia crown, as the series comes to an end at the Shanghai International Circuit in a couple of joint races with TCR China.
Luca Engstler and Mitchell Cheah will face each other in the title fight, with the young German leading his Malaysian teammate by 11 points.
With a gap of 45 points and 55 on offer, Lo Sze Ho has only theoretical chances to become champion and will focus on defending the third position from Diego Moran and Kelvin Wong who are two and four points behind respectively.

Photo: TCR Asia


TCR Italy preview
Tavano has the title within reach

Salvatore Tavano needs to score twelve point to secure the TCR Italy title in the season finale at Monza.
The SEAT Motorsport Italia driver has built a margin of 31.5 points ahead of his closest rival Luigi Ferrara that put him in a comfortable position.
In fact, even a double victory in the final weekend wouldn't be enough for Ferrara, unless Tavano scores less than twelve points.
Twenty-two cars have been entered in the event, including two newcomers: Switzerland's Jörg Schori with a Cupra DSG run by Race Republic and TCR Europe's regular Igor Stefanovski from Macedonia who will also drive a Cupra instead of the Hyundai he uses in the European series.

Photo: ACI Sport/Photo 4


TCR Russia preview
Bragin is bound for a triple crown

Nearly six months after the season opener, TCR Russia returns to Fort Grozny for its final event that might crown Dmitriy Bragin champion for the third year in a row.
The TAIF Motorsport driver has showed again speed and consistency, scoring three race wins and finishing twice second and twice third. He leads the standings with a margin of 37 points over Aleksey Dudukalo, while Klim Gavrilov and Ivan Lukaschevich are lying third and fourth with gaps of 38 and 41 points respectively.
With 53 points still at stake, the final event looks like a formality for Bragin who has never been scoreless throughout the season.
Thomas Johnson from USA, a regular competitor in the Russian Circuit Racing Series National Class, will make his maiden TCR appearance in the Cupra previously driven by Vladimir Gorlach.

Photo: Grigoriy Golyshev


The other races of the upcoming weekend


Two weeks after the previous event, VLN's competitors return Saturday to the Norschleife for the 50. ADAC Barbarossapreis, eighth and penultimate round of the season.
The Audi RS3 LMS run by Denmark-based Møller Bil Motorsport that had scored three consecutive victories in the previous event will not take part in the event, therefore the victory will be disputed beteween the Cupra cars run by Mathilda Racing (Andreas Gülden-Heiko Hammel) and FEV Racing (Bendikt Gentgen-Martin Pischinger) and the Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra (Thomas Jäger-Thorsten Wolter-Jasmin Preisig).

The Campeonato de España Resistencia returns into action after a four-month break. The series fifth and penultimate event takes place at the historical Jarama racetrack, nearby Madid where the teams will compete in two one-hour races.
The pair of Max Llobet and David Cebrián leads the standings in the RC2 Junior Team SEAT León with 127 points. The other title contenders are all driving Cupra DSG cars: Vicinanza-Cosin of Monlau Competición (113 pts), Vinyes-Fontes of Baporo Motorsport (104) and Ibañez-Guillemat of NM Racing Team (104).

The Shanghai International Circuit will host the first edition of the SIC 888Km Endurance race on Saturday and Sunday, after the TCR Asia-TCR China races on Thursday and Friday.
The race is open to GT and Touring Cars - including a TCR class - and organised in co-operation between the circuit, Shanghai Automobile and Motor Sports Association, Nai Jiu, Motorsport Asia Ltd and Yi-Hood Group.


The TCR events of the week

4 / 5 October - TCR Asia, Rounds 9 & 10 @ Shanghai Jiading, China
4 / 5 October - TCR China, Rounds 10, 11 & 12 @ Shanghai Jiading, China
4 / 6 October - TCR Russia, Rounds 13 & 14 @ Fort Grozny, Russia
5 / 7 October - WTCR, Rounds 22, 23 & 24 @ Wuhan, China
5 / 7 October - TCR Italy, Rounds 13 & 14 @ Monza, Italy
6 October - VLN, Round 8 @ Nürburgring, Germany
6 / 7 October - SIC 888Km Endurance @ Shanghai Jiading, China
6 / 7 October - Campeonato España Resistencia, Rounds 6 & 7 @ Jarama, Spain

Live streaming at and

Friday: TCR Asia & TCR China, Race 1 - 09:30 local time (03:30 CET)
Friday: TCR Asia & TCR China, Race 2 - 12:20 local time (06:20 CET)
Friday: TCR China, Race 3 - 15:10 local time (09:10 CET)
Friday: TCR Russia, Race 1 - 13:45 local time (12:45 CET)

Saturday: TCR Russia, Race 2 - 13:30 local time (12:30 CET)
Saturday: TCR Italy, Race 1 - 15:15 CET
Sunday: TCR Italy, Race 2 - 10:00 CET

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